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Computer Science AS/A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

This course encourages students to develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. It gives the students the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so and the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. It also focuses on the relationships between different aspects of computer science and mathematical skills as well as the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology. 

Course content

AS Level

1. Fundamentals of programming

2. Fundamentals of data structures

3. Systematic approach to problem solving

4. Theory of computation

5. Fundamentals of data representation

6. Fundamentals of computer systems

7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8. Consequences of uses of computing 9. Fundamentals of communication and networking

A Level

1. Fundamentals of programming

2. Fundamentals of data structures

3. Fundamentals of algorithms

4. Theory of computation

5. Fundamentals of data representation

6. Fundamentals of computer systems

7. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8. Consequences of uses of computing

9. Fundamentals of communication and networking

10. Fundamentals of databases

11. Fundamentals of functional programming

12. Systematic approaches to problem solving

13. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a GCSE ICT (or equivalent) with a grade B or above. Minimum grade of 6 in Maths and 5 in English Language GCSE.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1:

50% of AS

1 hour 30 minutes – On-Screen (Computer based) Exam

Paper 2:

50% of AS

1 hour 30 minutes – Written Exam

A2 Level

Paper 1:

40% of A-Level

2 hours 30 minutes – On-Screen (Computer based Exam)

Paper 2:

40% of A-Level

2 hours 30 minutes – Written Exam

Non – Exam Assessment:

20% of A-Level

Future opportunities

Computing builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for progression into further learning and/or employment. It provides a good foundation for careers in software/hardware development and technical support. This course is beneficial for students wishing to study computing in Higher Education which could lead to jobs in areas such as computer programming, internet computing or network engineering. It is particularly useful if you intend to choose a course at the university with a strong computing component, but the emphasis on computational thinking would be welcome on many other courses, as it demonstrates high level academic skills. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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